(Editor’s note: The following rundown of Old Course and other golf outings was first shared about a week ago.)
By Keith McLaren
Keith McLaren is a 59-year-old fanatical golfer living in St Andrews. He writes about golf at The Kilted Caddie.
I AM HAVING THE MOST INTENSE golf fest at the moment.
It goes like this…
On Monday I played the Old Course in a St Andrews Thistle Club match and we finished tied after eighteen. It was getting dark so rather than play on down the nineteenth we decided to make use of Peter’s already booked tee-time on the Old on Wednesday and have a re-match.
On Tuesday, Peter and I piled down to Edinburgh to partake in the Seniors Gents Greensomes competition at the dream that is Mortonhall Golf Club.
Thursday, I have the Thistle Autumn Meeting on the Old.
On Friday, a St Andrews Club foursomes match on the Old.
And on Saturday, I head down again to Mortonhall for their Invitation Silloth comp.
Sunday is a day of rest and then next Monday I’m once again back on the Old Course for a St Andrews Club Seniors tie!
Now that’s what I call golf value for money.
Yes, we are rather spoilt over here in the Kingdom and in the fortunate position as St Andrews Golf Club members to be able to guarantee Old Course tee-times for certain competitions. And that’s pretty cool for a club membership fee of one hundred and fifty quid a year. All pretty perfect.
Unlike my golf game though!
I had a rather Jean Van der Velde moment in the Mortonhall Greensomes. We played steadily all the way round until my final shot to the last green. I had a straightforward 8 iron to set up a par for a net 69 and second place. Of course, to my usual form I knocked it into the bushes right of the green. Peter followed suit and we walked off with a no-return and long faces.
A tough school, golf. Like any sport, of course.
I watched the penalty shoot-out in the final of the Olympic Women’s football in Tokyo, where it came down to the veteran Swedish captain having an opportunity with one spot kick to win the gold medal. Yes, one spot kick after a lifetime of kicking balls.
She walked up calmly, stood as the world watched, sent the keeper the wrong way and then ballooned the ball over the bar and the open net!
A career ended and distinguished by one short defining moment. At the pinnacle and eventide of a long and illustrious football life. What a legacy and utter shame for the poor lass. Nerves can play havoc.
I can at least head back to the Senior Greensomes Competition at Mortonhall next year.
Well, I hope I can.
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